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Mayes Returns, Two More Join City Oilers’ BAL Push

City Oilers have summoned Jordin Mayes, Robinson Opong and veteran Stanley Ocitti for the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL) qualifiers due October 15-20 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The inaugural Basketball Africa League, that replaced FIBA Africa Championship cup, start with qualifying rounds before the finals in March 2020 in Rwanda with Kigali as the host city.

This will be a professional league featuring 12 teams from Africa.

Stanley Ocitti. FIBA

Oilers are in group D along Rwanda’s Patriots, Ethiopia’s Hawassa, Tanzania’s JKT, Burundi’s Dynamo and Brave Hearts from Malawi.

The six time back to back NBL champions started their preparations on Monday and have been training since Monday at Gems Cambridge.

Starting life without Captain Jimmy Enabu, the City Tyre sponsored club have sought services of foreign based Mayes, Opong and Ocitti.

The trio who are expected to arrive next week will pair up with the likes of Chisioke Azolibe, Landry Ndikumana, Josh Johnson, Tony Drilleba, James Okello among others as Oilers seek to finish among the needed top two out of the group.

Mayes, a guard who has featured for Oilers and Silverbacks on various occasions, has also played for Wildcats and Westchester High school.

Ocitti and Opong last played for Silverbacks in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The duo have also played for the Oilers.

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